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20 South Catering

Charlottesville , VA
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1156 Roundtop Farm
Charlottesville, VA 22902 US (map)

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434-296-2420

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ABOUT US

We’ve always been a little put off by the typical caterer’s sales pitch—it’s full of adjectives and adverbs and flourishes that don’t really speak to what will actually be done. We’re a... Read more
We’ve always been a little put off by the typical caterer’s sales pitch—it’s full of adjectives and adverbs and flourishes that don’t really speak to what will actually be done. We’re a lot more interested in nouns and verbs, in the nuts-and-bolts of an event, in the real-time production of your wedding, rehearsal dinner, corporate or holiday party, etc. It's likely that you already assume your event will be “splendid, elegant, and memorable” and you don’t need us to waste your time with a lot of near-meaningless superlatives.

We take great pride in being a “chef-driven” organization, but we figured out a long time ago that our food doesn’t exist in a vacuum—you’ve got to build the right infrastructure to hang a menu on first. Of necessity, therefore, we have become quite knowledgeable in all the other aspects of large-event catering, particularly weddings. Thus, we’ll run point on nearly every detail for your event—the rentals, the staffing, the bar, whatever is needed—and if we don’t have an answer, we’ll know who does. Read less
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INFO FOR CATERING

What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Plated, Stations
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American, Caribbean, French, Indian, Italian, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What bar services do you provide?
Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Premium Liquor, Specialty Beer

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Lindsay
Wedding:
3/28/2015
4.9/5.0
Jim and Summer at 20 South are a dream team. Our wedding was absolutely amazing and their staff was a huge component of that. There were several challenges at our venue (including losing power to the kitchen!) and the 20 South team navigated everything smoothly. They were extremely helpful in staging the room, paying extra attention to special guests like our moms, and the food was out-of-this-world delicious. We can't say enough about it - dozens of guests came up to us during the reception and said that they'd licked their plates. Dozens more made the time to call, email or text us about how it was the best wedding food they'd ever had. We were absolutely thrilled with our experience with 20 South and recommend them highly.
Jim and Summer at 20 South are a dream team. Our wedding was absolutely amazing and their staff was a huge component of Read more...
Jim and Summer at 20 South are a dream team. Our wedding was absolutely amazing and their staff was a huge component of that. There were several challenges at our venue (including losing power to the kitchen!) and the 20 South team navigated everything smoothly. They were extremely helpful in staging the room, paying extra attention to special guests like our moms, and the food was out-of-this-world delicious. We can't say enough about it - dozens of guests came up to us during the reception and said that they'd licked their plates. Dozens more made the time to call, email or text us about how it was the best wedding food they'd ever had. We were absolutely thrilled with our experience with 20 South and recommend them highly. Read less
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Abby
Wedding:
11/8/2014
5.0/5.0
It is my pleasure to write this review for Jim Puopulo and his incredible team at 20 South Catering. Jim provided the catering for our November 8th wedding at King Family Vineyards, and we could not be more pleased. We received countless compliments on the food, signature cocktail, family style dinner service, and 20th South’s amazing staff.
I should mention that though our wedding was in Charlottesville, we currently live in California. Even with a three hour time difference and miles between us, Jim always worked around our schedule and made time for us whenever we needed to call him or whenever we were in town for a wedding planning trip. He was extremely helpful as he guided us throughout our whole wedding planning process—always available to answer questions, always professional, and always fun. He was there for us without fail all the way through the final days leading up to the wedding. Our meetings with Jim (especially our tasting session) were some of the most fun times we had preparing for our wedding day. I can honestly say that 20 South’s food was among the best I’ve ever had, period. I should also mention that the service was flawless. We were able to spend time with our guests and enjoy our wedding carefree knowing that Jim and his team were there taking care of everything behind the scenes. 20 South without a doubt went above and beyond and completely exceeded our expectations.
One of our favorite aspects of the wedding reception was the family style dinner service. We wanted our wedding to celebrate our families becoming one—and food is such a lovely part of celebration and family gatherings. The family style service embraced that sense of coming together, encouraging fun and conversation, and further enhancing the warm environment. We wanted the food to be a highlight of the evening, and Jim’s team totally succeeded in making that happen. Thank you so much to 20 South!
It is my pleasure to write this review for Jim Puopulo and his incredible team at 20 South Catering. Jim provided the Read more...
It is my pleasure to write this review for Jim Puopulo and his incredible team at 20 South Catering. Jim provided the catering for our November 8th wedding at King Family Vineyards, and we could not be more pleased. We received countless compliments on the food, signature cocktail, family style dinner service, and 20th South’s amazing staff.
I should mention that though our wedding was in Charlottesville, we currently live in California. Even with a three hour time difference and miles between us, Jim always worked around our schedule and made time for us whenever we needed to call him or whenever we were in town for a wedding planning trip. He was extremely helpful as he guided us throughout our whole wedding planning process—always available to answer questions, always professional, and always fun. He was there for us without fail all the way through the final days leading up to the wedding. Our meetings with Jim (especially our tasting session) were some of the most fun times we had preparing for our wedding day. I can honestly say that 20 South’s food was among the best I’ve ever had, period. I should also mention that the service was flawless. We were able to spend time with our guests and enjoy our wedding carefree knowing that Jim and his team were there taking care of everything behind the scenes. 20 South without a doubt went above and beyond and completely exceeded our expectations.
One of our favorite aspects of the wedding reception was the family style dinner service. We wanted our wedding to celebrate our families becoming one—and food is such a lovely part of celebration and family gatherings. The family style service embraced that sense of coming together, encouraging fun and conversation, and further enhancing the warm environment. We wanted the food to be a highlight of the evening, and Jim’s team totally succeeded in making that happen. Thank you so much to 20 South! Read less
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Jenna
Wedding:
10/17/2014
5.0/5.0
20 South...what can I say, but amazing! Many people get scared of the pricing of caterers, but although my husband and I didn't want to pay that much, the money thought went out the window when we met Jim and Summer. The patience, humor, precision, ideas, etc. I could go on. We chose 20 South not just because of the food, but because of their attention to detail, their love for our wedding day (although they knew us only 5 minutes), and their continuous flexibility. Jim and Summer spent so much time with us by phone, in person, email, etc. and never got irritated or annoyed. Also, having a caterer that helps with decoration ideas is amazing. They gave us so many ideas and just were so flexible with everything.

Jim also knows so many people in the Charlottesville area, our florist, DJ, and cake lady were all recommended by Jim. And they were amazing. At the wedding, of course there were tiny hiccups, but the staff was amazing. My guests were commenting all night on how great the staff was and how attentive they were. They were personable and my guests just loved them. 20 South takes great care of their staff, which in turn is why they are so great to the guests and work so hard.

By the way, if I don't mention this my husband will be angry...but the Appetizers!!!! OH MY!!! Not only were we in love with the appetizers, but our guests could not get enough. The bacon wrapped dates are the greatest thing I have ever had, the tomato bisque with the grilled cheese is just awesome...and although I cannot have shellfish, everyone loved the crap-pops! Just so fabulous.

20 South was amazing from top to bottom, from start to finish, and I honestly do not think this wedding would have been as amazing as it was without them! Just perfect. Every bride wants their day to be perfect and for their vendors to care just as much about the wedding as they do...and 20 South does that. They care about your day like it is their own! Thank you so much Jim and Summer!
20 South...what can I say, but amazing! Many people get scared of the pricing of caterers, but although my husband and I Read more...
20 South...what can I say, but amazing! Many people get scared of the pricing of caterers, but although my husband and I didn't want to pay that much, the money thought went out the window when we met Jim and Summer. The patience, humor, precision, ideas, etc. I could go on. We chose 20 South not just because of the food, but because of their attention to detail, their love for our wedding day (although they knew us only 5 minutes), and their continuous flexibility. Jim and Summer spent so much time with us by phone, in person, email, etc. and never got irritated or annoyed. Also, having a caterer that helps with decoration ideas is amazing. They gave us so many ideas and just were so flexible with everything.

Jim also knows so many people in the Charlottesville area, our florist, DJ, and cake lady were all recommended by Jim. And they were amazing. At the wedding, of course there were tiny hiccups, but the staff was amazing. My guests were commenting all night on how great the staff was and how attentive they were. They were personable and my guests just loved them. 20 South takes great care of their staff, which in turn is why they are so great to the guests and work so hard.

By the way, if I don't mention this my husband will be angry...but the Appetizers!!!! OH MY!!! Not only were we in love with the appetizers, but our guests could not get enough. The bacon wrapped dates are the greatest thing I have ever had, the tomato bisque with the grilled cheese is just awesome...and although I cannot have shellfish, everyone loved the crap-pops! Just so fabulous.

20 South was amazing from top to bottom, from start to finish, and I honestly do not think this wedding would have been as amazing as it was without them! Just perfect. Every bride wants their day to be perfect and for their vendors to care just as much about the wedding as they do...and 20 South does that. They care about your day like it is their own! Thank you so much Jim and Summer! Read less
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Bethany
Wedding:
10/11/2014
5.0/5.0
Jim and Summer were so wonderful to work with! We changed our menu a few times and they accommodated us with ease. Not only were they great as people, but they are good at what they do - people are still talking about how delicious the food was two weeks after! They gave us wonderful recommendations to other vendors and we couldn't have been happier. In addition to Jim and Summer, the rest of the 20 South team was phenomenal. They were polite, fun, and did a great job with their service. They also were wonderful in making sure I ate something which I am so thankful for! I give 20 South my highest regard, respect, and recommendation. Our wedding would not have been as perfect as it was without them!
Jim and Summer were so wonderful to work with! We changed our menu a few times and they accommodated us with ease. Not Read more...
Jim and Summer were so wonderful to work with! We changed our menu a few times and they accommodated us with ease. Not only were they great as people, but they are good at what they do - people are still talking about how delicious the food was two weeks after! They gave us wonderful recommendations to other vendors and we couldn't have been happier. In addition to Jim and Summer, the rest of the 20 South team was phenomenal. They were polite, fun, and did a great job with their service. They also were wonderful in making sure I ate something which I am so thankful for! I give 20 South my highest regard, respect, and recommendation. Our wedding would not have been as perfect as it was without them! Read less
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Dustin
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
The reviews don't lie, these guys are pros. Jim created a modern mexican themed menu for our wedding, and all we heard all night was how good the food was. The real bonus though was how incredibly seamless they made the whole experience: setting up, serving and breaking down with extreme efficiency and no fuss. There is literally not one thing they could have done better; these guys deserve all the success in the world.
The reviews don't lie, these guys are pros. Jim created a modern mexican themed menu for our wedding, and all we heard all Read more...
The reviews don't lie, these guys are pros. Jim created a modern mexican themed menu for our wedding, and all we heard all night was how good the food was. The real bonus though was how incredibly seamless they made the whole experience: setting up, serving and breaking down with extreme efficiency and no fuss. There is literally not one thing they could have done better; these guys deserve all the success in the world. Read less
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Cherissa
Wedding:
10/4/2013
4.9/5.0
Jim and his team did such a wonderful job. I received so many compliments not only on the delicious food but also the service. People told me they were constantly being served and wanted for nothing all night. I knew to expect this as the bride and groom but to know they paid just as much attention to my guests made me very happy. They were so organized. Impressive!!
Jim and his team did such a wonderful job. I received so many compliments not only on the delicious food but also the Read more...
Jim and his team did such a wonderful job. I received so many compliments not only on the delicious food but also the service. People told me they were constantly being served and wanted for nothing all night. I knew to expect this as the bride and groom but to know they paid just as much attention to my guests made me very happy. They were so organized. Impressive!! Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
9/13/2013
5.0/5.0
The food we had at our wedding was incredible! Summer, Jim and the staff at 20 South Catering could not have been easier to work with. They were always available when needed, worked with me when I kept changing the menu, did a great job setting up for the wedding and worked well with the other vendors.The food went above and beyond our expectations. The passed appetizers were a huge hit and I still have guests calling me and asking what kind of cheese we had for our cheese board. Our food was served family style. Every person at the wedding raved about the flat iron streak and they could not get enough of the shrimp and grits. The service was phenomenal and everyone commented on how tentative the bartenders and service staff were. My husband and I only wish we had more time to eat the food during the wedding. We are hoping we can get the meal recreated from 20 South on our one year anniversary. I would not waste your time searching around, if you are looking for southern style comfort food- 20 South Catering is the best option!!
The food we had at our wedding was incredible! Summer, Jim and the staff at 20 South Catering could not have been easier Read more...
The food we had at our wedding was incredible! Summer, Jim and the staff at 20 South Catering could not have been easier to work with. They were always available when needed, worked with me when I kept changing the menu, did a great job setting up for the wedding and worked well with the other vendors.The food went above and beyond our expectations. The passed appetizers were a huge hit and I still have guests calling me and asking what kind of cheese we had for our cheese board. Our food was served family style. Every person at the wedding raved about the flat iron streak and they could not get enough of the shrimp and grits. The service was phenomenal and everyone commented on how tentative the bartenders and service staff were. My husband and I only wish we had more time to eat the food during the wedding. We are hoping we can get the meal recreated from 20 South on our one year anniversary. I would not waste your time searching around, if you are looking for southern style comfort food- 20 South Catering is the best option!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
20 South did an absolutely fantastic job at our wedding. We received many compliments for the outstanding food. We catered family style and the food was fresh and delicious (salmon and beef tenderloin mains with grits and green bean sides). They customized several of the menu items and also prepared outstanding signature cocktails (whiskey smash and pimms cocktails). The quality of the liquor at the open bar was also top-shelf.

Jim was incredibly responsive and took care of many logistical details as well. He dealt directly with Festive Fare to order linens, china, etc., saving us a lot of time. He also provided recommendations for other local vendors (our DJ and day of coordinator - both turned out great).

We couldn't have asked for a better experience, especially at their price point. Would definitely use them again and enthusiastically recommend to friends and family.
20 South did an absolutely fantastic job at our wedding. We received many compliments for the outstanding food. We catered Read more...
20 South did an absolutely fantastic job at our wedding. We received many compliments for the outstanding food. We catered family style and the food was fresh and delicious (salmon and beef tenderloin mains with grits and green bean sides). They customized several of the menu items and also prepared outstanding signature cocktails (whiskey smash and pimms cocktails). The quality of the liquor at the open bar was also top-shelf.

Jim was incredibly responsive and took care of many logistical details as well. He dealt directly with Festive Fare to order linens, china, etc., saving us a lot of time. He also provided recommendations for other local vendors (our DJ and day of coordinator - both turned out great).

We couldn't have asked for a better experience, especially at their price point. Would definitely use them again and enthusiastically recommend to friends and family. Read less
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Rita
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
20 South Catering was fabulous! From the very first meeting, they were so organized and asked all the right questions to make the planning process go so smoothly. The tasting was more than I could have asked for. The food was out of this world. So many of the guests from the wedding were blown away with how great the food was. Their staff at the reception was very friendly and helpful. They set up all the tables for the reception and it looked perfect! Jim and Summer run a great business and I could not have asked for better caterers to work with! I hope I attend a wedding in the future where they are the caterers because I can't wait to eat their delicious food again!
20 South Catering was fabulous! From the very first meeting, they were so organized and asked all the right questions to Read more...
20 South Catering was fabulous! From the very first meeting, they were so organized and asked all the right questions to make the planning process go so smoothly. The tasting was more than I could have asked for. The food was out of this world. So many of the guests from the wedding were blown away with how great the food was. Their staff at the reception was very friendly and helpful. They set up all the tables for the reception and it looked perfect! Jim and Summer run a great business and I could not have asked for better caterers to work with! I hope I attend a wedding in the future where they are the caterers because I can't wait to eat their delicious food again! Read less
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Linda
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
We knew we had picked a winner with this group at our very first meeting. Their organization and attention to detail in leading us through the process was incredible. And then a few months later we did our tasting! Wow! I've eaten plenty of salmon in many places but never have I had cedar planked salmon that was done that well! What a bonus that they were able to cook everything on site and not rely on hot boxes to keep things warm after cooking somewhere else. Jim and Summer, your advice was priceless and your food was absolutely amazing. Thank you so much!
We knew we had picked a winner with this group at our very first meeting. Their organization and attention to detail in Read more...
We knew we had picked a winner with this group at our very first meeting. Their organization and attention to detail in leading us through the process was incredible. And then a few months later we did our tasting! Wow! I've eaten plenty of salmon in many places but never have I had cedar planked salmon that was done that well! What a bonus that they were able to cook everything on site and not rely on hot boxes to keep things warm after cooking somewhere else. Jim and Summer, your advice was priceless and your food was absolutely amazing. Thank you so much! Read less
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